The Paintedhorse herd are a mixed herd of twelve horses and ponies of all shapes and sizes, ages, breeds and requirements. There are 7 mares and 5 geldings in total. In the order they appear in the photo (and order they came into our lives): Danny, a Hannoverian cross (aged 18), Gunner (aged 18) and Prada (aged 10), both thoroughbreds; Hope and Grace, both Dartmoor Hill ponies (both 2 rising), Ulha, French Trotter-cross (aged 10), Jac, Welsh-Arab (aged 19), Epona, Dartmoor Hill Pony (aged 8), Logan, Gypsy cob (aged approx. 10-12), Rio, Criollo-cross thoroughbred (aged 19) and Blossom (aged 9) and Polly (aged 16) both Gypsy cobs. Grace is our smallest (approx. 10 hh/1 meter) and Gunner our tallest (16.3/1.7 meters). As you can see we have a lot of ‘painted horses’ – aka skewballs and pieballs, a red, three bays, two greys and a chocolate roan.
Our horses are considered therapists in their own right, not tools in a therapists tool kit. When they are working they are generally at liberty so they are free to volunteer their services or not; and there is always learning to be had from a horse that walks away from you. As a counsellor or therapist would professionally consider self care, it is no different for our horses. They have time off without people around. There are a number of complementary therapies between us such as The Equine Touch, Reiki, Zoopharmacognosy, Essential Oil Therapy, crystal healing and sound therapy which they ask for when they require it to shift anything they haven’t managed to themselves by being in a herd, running around, playing and rolling. We are lucky to be onsite with Lyn Palmer who teaches The Equine Touch which was known as Advanced Bowen for horses when it was first introduced to the UK. These are all helpful additions in the pursuit of caring for and keeping our horses healthy, connected and ReWilded.
We won’t say too much more about this wonderful herd, as its actually all part of the learning experience to come down and meet them yourselves. Although you can keep up to date with all the equine news on our blog posts and we currently have a regular feature in Horsemanship magazine.
Please note all our horses and ponies have a home with us for life.
With 12 in a herd we are now at full capacity and can not take any more equines. We are not a horse charity, sanctuary or rescue centre; we are a not-for-profit CIC designed to support people emotionally and mentally with help from our equine team.